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France: The First Round

France: The First Round

As part of our ongoing series of French election comment, Rebecca Lowe Coulson — Policy Exchange’s State and Society Research Fellow — comments on the result of the preliminary round of the contest. She concludes that people ‘celebrating prematurely should take pause for thought. Those who fear Le Pen should not feel relief — and neither should those who still believe in the EU. This is not over yet’.

How to write a manifesto: don’t be too clever

How to write a manifesto: don’t be too clever

Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Research Director and Head of Economics and Social Policy — who worked on a number of manifestos as a departmental adviser in Whitehall, suggests that everyone writing manifestos very quickly at the moment should bear in mind that the content they will produce is more likely to become a source of unexpected liability than an asset yielding political benefits

A Four-Way Marginal?

A Four-Way Marginal?

In the sixth instalment of our series of comment pieces focusing on the run-up to the French Presidential election, Rebecca Lowe Coulson — Policy Exchange’s State and Society Research Fellow — considers questions arising from the latest polling, on the grounds that ‘our assumptions are growing less assured’. 

The Rise of Emmanuel Macron

The Rise of Emmanuel Macron

In the latest of our series of pieces focusing on the run-up to the French Presidential election, Rebecca Lowe Coulson — Policy Exchange’s State and Society Research Fellow — considers the recent polling success of Emmanuel Macron. She contends that his ‘recent ascendency is thanks to timing that owes both to fortune and opportunism’.

In and Out: White Papers Past and Present

In and Out: White Papers Past and Present

Rebecca Lowe Coulson — Policy Exchange’s State and Society Research Fellow — compares last week’s Brexit white paper with the white paper presented to parliament in 1971, which outlined the then government’s plans and argument for Britain’s accession to the European Communities.

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RT @DomWalsh13 Good @lizzzburden piece, ft a quote from my @Policy_Exchange colleague Stephen Booth on the value of EU rollovers: “In a world where there’s increasing economic nationalism, the value of locking in existing market access shouldn’t be taken for granted.” telegraph.co.uk/busi…